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Middle & High School

EXHIBIT SPOTLIGHT: The League of Wives: Vietnam’s POW/MIA Allies & Advocates

CSPM is honored to bring this exhibit to the Pikes Peak region and excited to work with the Dole Institute of Politics to raise awareness of this significant era in American History. League of Wives programming made possible by funding from Harlan and Alice Ann Ochs of Colorado Springs, in honor of Larry Ochs.

“The League of Wives: Vietnam’s POW/MIA Allies & Advocates,” tells the story of the military wives who founded the organization that would later become the National League of POW/MIA Families. This important national story is extremely relevant to the Pikes Peak Region, which has a long history of military service and sacrifice. Colorado Springs Vice-Mayor (and later Mayor) Larry Ochs worked closely with Helene Knapp, a local and national leader in the National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia, to advocate for and support the Vietnam-era POW/MIA families in Colorado Springs.

If you are interested in bringing your class to explore this exhibit and participate in a primary source analysis activity please contact Museum Program Coordinator, Meg Poole at or 719-385-5631.

League of Wives Resource Set COMING SOON!


Groups of 10-30 Middle School or High School students

In this two-hour program, students break into teams of five and explore five different exhibits through a challenging and engaging scavenger hunt. Using inquiry skills, students will draw connections between concepts and themes to get clues for challenges trhoughout the museum.


  • Explore the contributions of individuals and groups to Colorado Springs history
  • Use historical analysis to identify themes among exhibit artifacts
  • Use photos, artifacts, instruments to support your understanding

CDE Standards:

  • 6th History 1.1c. 7th History 1.1b.  8th History 1.1a. 8th History 1.2b. 6th Geography 2.1c. 6th Geography 2.1d.  7th Geography 2.2d.  8th Geography 2.1a.

High School History

  • 1.1a. 1.2e. 1.2f. 1.2g. 1.2h. 1.3b. 1.3d.

High School Geography

  • 2.1a. 2.1c. 2.3c.